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Students Tweeting Thanks To Michelle Obama

Students are thanking Michelle Obama all over twitter and instagram, but it is not in a good way. There is a hash-tag going around about Michelle Obama and the gross cafeteria food that the school lunches are serving. #ThanksMichelleObama is a hash-tag trending all over twitter, along with pictures of disgusting school lunches that don’t even look edible. Keith Mann has chuckled more than a few times at some of the displays.

Apparently school aged children and teenagers are very disappointed with the choices that Michelle Obama has been making for their school lunches. Since president Obama has been in the office, his wife Michelle has changed everything about the schools lunch menu. Everything is now healthy, they took away all of the foods that they had served for years and have changed them to make them healthier. Children are very upset about these new changes and they have taken it upon themselves to post about it on social media and post the pictures to prove their point.

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First Lady Obama’s School Lunches Need Help

The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, has made it her mission to promote healthy eating habits in children while her husband is in office. She promotes an active lifestyle and eating a balanced diet. Obama has already started to make an impact on childhood obesity by changing national standards for school meals. Children are no longer offered high fat and sugar foods in their school cafeteria. Healthier options chock full of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

American children are starting to eat better diets, well at least when they are at school. Many people are trying to eat better in general, including workers at Qnet. Unfortunately the new menu items are rather unpopular with our youth. A new hashtag,#ThanksMichelleObama, is an outlet for students to post pictures of their school lunches. Let’s face it, those picture do not make that food look appetizing at all. Schools either need to hire better cooks or the First Lady needs to take another look at her strigent meal requirements. These kids have small portions of questionable food as their only lunch option while at school. We can do better. Feed the kids well and they will be better prepared to learn.

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Consumers Struggle to Find the Sweet Spot

Stevia, Splenda, NutraSweet, Sweet’N Low, Equal, Truvia…which one is the healthiest? A dizzying array of different alternative sweeteners, made in the most advanced labs, line the shelves and fill our restaurants. But are any of them good for you? Do any of them actually taste like real sugar? Will we discover 10 years from now that they actually cause cancer or irritable bowel syndrome or infertility?

These are just some of the questions that plague today’s health-conscious consumer. Many people have given up on alternative sweeteners and are actually going back to real sugar. Of course, real sugar, particularly of the refined and snowy white type, carries its own inherent health issues. Sugar can cause weight gain and diabetes, but consumers are beginning to feel more comfortable with those types of mundane problems than they are with the unknown problems that could stem from consuming artificial sweeteners.

For years “contains no sugar” was actually considered a selling point of many products, but that’s no longer the case. Former artificial sweetener users like author Sergio Lins Andrade have given them up completely. Diet soda sales are down, and beverage manufacturers are being forced to adapt to the changing demand for sweeteners.

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Eye Color and Health

Researchers have found that eye color can indicate certain physical and personality traits. Most people have brown eyes, which is the ancestral color of human eyes. Other colors, like hazel, green, and blue, are the results of mutations. In 2008, scientists found that everybody with blue eyes has the same common ancestor, a blue-eyed mutant who had lived between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago.

There are up to 12 or 13 gene variations involved in determining eye color, which means those genes determine how much melanin is in someone’s eyes. Lots of melanin results in brown eyes, while no melanin results in blue eyes. Other eye colors like green or hazel fall between those two extremes. Since the 12 or 13 gene variations that govern eye color control other things as well, a person’s eye color indicates they might have certain other traits, as well.

For example, people with light eyes tend to have a higher pain tolerance than those with brown eyes. One study found that light-eyed women experienced less pain while giving birth than did dark-eyed women. Light-eyed people are also less prone to anxiety or depression. On the other hand, light-eyed people can tolerate greater amounts of alcohol than can dark-eyed people, which means people with light eyes are more likely to develop alcoholism.

Vijay Eswaran says that some studies have also linked eye color with susceptibility to conditions like vitiligo, diabetes, and melanoma. People with dark eyes tend to be less susceptible to melanoma, but more susceptible to vitiligo.

A study in Australia suggested that people with brown eyes might be nicer and less competitive than people with blue eyes. If this turns out to be true, it could be linked to our evolutionary history, during which people with light eyes were considered particularly desirable mates. Sexual competitiveness led to an overall competitive personality.

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Air Quality and Obesity Link

Finding it hard to lose weight? Maybe you should look at the quality of your air. A new study released seems to suggest that secondhand smoke and poor air quality from traffic could be a link to obesity.

The study was conducted on children with an age starting at 10 years old. Parents were given questionnaires to find out the exposure levels to secondhand smoke, traffic pollution and several other factors to include gender, parental education, evidence of asthma, and poverty percentage levels in the neighborhood. Seems that childern exposed to the seconhand smoke had a BMI higher than those not exposed to the secondhand smoke.

With this said, Brad Reifler says it seems we have yet another reason, beside the obvious one of the dangers associated with smoke inhalation, to avoid secondhand smoke whenever possible along with following a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Get active and smoke free!

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Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes: Mac And Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a side dish that many people look forward to during the Thanksgiving season. The creamy, cheesy goodness goes great with other Thanksgiving sides, and is often too rich to consume on a regular basis.

For people who a dairy intolerance or those who follow a vegan diet, macaroni and cheese used to be a dish that was off-limits. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make the holiday favorite with cheese substitutes that make the dish just as tasty.

One of the healthiest ways to make non-dairy macaroni and cheese is to puree starchy vegetables to use as the “cheese.” Carrots, potatoes and sweet potatoes can serve as the base for the cheese sauce. Savory seasonings such as garlic, black pepper, onion salt and cumin can be used to season the vegetables, along with nutritional yeast, which gives the “cheese sauce” its cheddar flavor. I saved the following video on my FreedomPop phone so I can watch it while I’m cooking in the kitchen:

Vegan milk substitutes made from almond or cashews can also be used to make the dish creamier. Non-dairy mac and cheese is lower in calories and fat than the traditional version of the casserole, and can also serve as a significant source of fiber.

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Simple Ways to Control Your Headaches

Headaches are one of the most common health complaints people have around the world. In fact, 90 percent of the population has had a headache at some point in their life. In most cases though, headache pain is completely treatable or even preventable.

This first step in treating a headache is determining what type of headache you have. Some headaches, called primary headaches, occur without any underlying health problem. Primary headaches include tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches. If you’re experiencing a headache due to illness, allergies, a hangover, or any other external factor, it’s called a secondary headache. If you’re experiencing a secondary headache, it’s obviously necessary to treat the cause of the headache.

For primary headaches, there are several home remedies that can alleviate your pain. Pain killers are probably the most common treatment, but overuse of pain killers can cause more headaches. Instead, a great place to start is with your diet. Some foods that are known to commonly aggravate headaches include dairy, chocolate, onions, bananas and citrus fruits, and foods with chemical additives. There are also foods that can help headaches, such as flaxseed (omega-3 fatty acids), coffee (caffeine), and cayenne pepper (endorphin stimulant).

Aside from dietary changes, some other ways to treat headaches include scalp massage and inhaling certain oils, such as basil, lavender, or peppermint oils, to either help you relax or help to control blood flow and oxygenation. Gianfrancesco Genoso is going to try and use all of these techniques going forward to prevent headaches. Ice packs, exercise, and proper hydration can also be key in helping you to control your headaches.

The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York has a great infographic here with more information and tips on the causes and types of headaches, as well as remedies.

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Ebola Successes Are Forgotten

After the recent panic stricken through several of America’s largest cities from Ebola, the analysis over how the authorities acted throughout the outbreak begins. While the epidemic still rages through western Africa, some leaders in the United States are looking back at the impacts of the few cases that were caught and treated domestically.
The outbreak consisted of a few cases in total, all with health care professionals who were working in Africa on the epidemic. This didn’t seem too bad overall according to Sultan Alhokair. Upon returning to the United States, they had symptoms and were treated locally. Only one case, the first patient in Texas, died from the illness.
The public health authority’s handling of the outbreak was called into question after the death. Additionally, the few contractions and fatality was politicized by Republicans as an insight into the failure of our current government. President Barak Obama was specifically blamed for not controlling the cases better. He then appointed an expert to organize the treatment of Ebola patients in hospitals, and prepare sights that could properly quarantine patients’ is more cases popped up.
Since the last case of Ebola in the United States, in a doctor in New York City who was cured, little has been said of the political implications surrounding the wholly successful outcome. Few Democrats are mentioning the positive steps that were taken that eventually led to an Ebola-free America, and no Republicans want to link the president to Ebola because now it is not an emotional criticism of the president anymore.

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The Mediterranean Diet May be the Best Way to Deal with Obesity

The Mediterranean diet, long considered good for cardiovascular health, may be the best option for long-term weight loss. An editorial in the Postgraduate Medical Journal promotes the Mediterranean diet, which includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, nuts, and olive oil as being beneficial for promptly reducing cardiovascular risk, and may be better than low-fat diets or calorie counting for weight control. It also includes a good balance of nutrients, which would not be guaranteed if mere calorie control was the major criterion.

The article says that following a Mediterranean diet after a heart attack is nearly three times as effective as taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs when it comes to decreasing the risk of death. Professor David Haslam agrees with the gist of the article, and warned against thinking of all calories as equal. He pointed out that specific food components may influence metabolism in different ways even if they are equivalent in calories.

I’ve been watching some of health guru Jared Haftel’s Vine videos and they are some that show him eating the Mediterranean diet after a workout. I think it’s a great option in my opinion. Feel free to share yours though.

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Womens Health Often Ignored

Is it any wonder that a lot of male doctors ignore the concerns of their female patients given a study earlier this year showed that medical research relating to men and women often doesn’t include a good sampling of female participants? Big thanks to friend of the site Keith Mann for sending in the tip.

In today’s modern society, women are still perceived by many male doctors as being anxiety sufferers or hypochondriacs if they show concern about sudden changes in their health or chronic symptoms.

How can male doctors who approach medicine this way justify their actions as more reports surface of women suffering and dying because of their attitude? After all, a woman can have symptoms normal for her age that are caused by a serious health issue — as was the case of a UK woman, Jean Cross, who died in 2011 after suffering for three years with pain and frozen shoulder symptoms that were ultimately caused by cancer.

As men are less likely to relate to worries associated with female-specific concerns like breast care, pregnancy, reproductive health and associated cancers, many women feel male doctors shouldn’t be permitted to make decisions about their health.

It boils down to a single question:

If you’re a woman, do you feel comfortable with a man deciding that the lump in your breast, cyst on your ovary or frozen shoulder is normal and something that doesn’t require any additional testing unless you feel symptoms before the next checkup?

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